February 18, 2011

Blue Valentine

Blue Valentine is the debut film by director Derek Cianfrance and was the darling of last years Sundance festival. Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling are a couple of about 5 years in suburban New York. The film constantly cuts between their current life with their young daughter and their failing marriage and their budding romance in Brooklyn. Michelle Williams's Cindy starts the film as a quiet girl in med-school who is caught in a relationship with a unsensitive jock until Ryan Gosling, the perfect mold of a mid ninties hipster, comes along and sweeps her off her feet. I don't want to spoil the movie, but their relationship goes through some rough patches before they settle down and make a family. The directors choice to show the beauty of budding love and the complete despare of dying love brings the audience right into their relationship and brings you on an emotional rollercoaster and breaks your heart in the end. This story affected me so much because it was unlike any recent romance films in the way that their relationship was so believeable and the acting on both of the lead's parts makes their chemistry and their complete hatred between each other scary realistic. Williams is nominate for the Oscar for her preformance, but Gosling not getting a nomination is one of the biggest snubs of the year. I would reccomend this movie to anyone, as long that they are braced to the fact that this is the farthest thing from a happy ending rom-com to hit theaters. This movie will not only wow you, but it will stay with you for a very long time and make you consider the relationships in your life.
My Review: A

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